Man Detained by TSA for Having 4th Amendment Written on Naked Chest Wins Case

In 2010, Aaron Tobey was handcuffed and detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for 90 minutes after engaging in a silent protest. But now it’s Tobey who could get the last laugh.

Last week, Tobey won the right to go to trial over his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages after being detained by the TSA over alleged “disorderly conduct.” Tobey was handcuffed and detained after he “wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area,” according to Wired magazine. The words were written on his chest in black magic marker.

The federal lawsuit claims violations of the First and Fourth Amendments.

“Tobey didn’t want to go through the advanced imaging technology X-ray machines, or so-called nude body scanners, that were cropping up at airports nationwide,” notes Wired. “Instead, when it was his turn to be screened, he was going to opt for an intrusive pat-down, and removed most of his clothing in the process.”

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow Tobey to go to trial reverses a lower court judge’s decision. Judge Roger Gregory defended Tobey’s protest in the decision: “Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation...We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport.”

While Tobey was being detained by the TSA, they asked him about “his affiliation with, or knowledge of, any terrorist organizations, if he had been asked to do what he did by any third party, and what his intentions and goals were.”
 

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}